As I do every summer, recently I sat down and thought exceptionally hard about what I'll be watching this fall. Listen, I know it's only the end of July, but this is one of those things that just won't wait, important questions have to be answered. Do I need a third TiVo (one that would provide the ability to record a fourth and fifth channel at a single time)? Should I be removing old shows from my schedule? What is it that my wife is going to want to watch that I either have to find a way to accept, convince her that she's wrong about, or shunt her off to a smaller screen for (no, really)?
Last year, as dedicated readers may recall, I had a significant problem with Mondays – for whatever reason Monday is apparently the night where networks feel as though they need to program directly for me. Well, except for that two-hour Dancing with the Stars block for which I thank ABC as I can safely cross them off my list from 8:00 to 10:00 with no regrets. Even without ABC in the early mix though, Mondays are problematic. There is no way I'm not watching HIMYM at 8:00, but Chuck and House are also on at that time – all three are definite must watch items. In the past, Chuck has been recorded on the non-HD TiVo with HIMYM and House on the HD one and I feel as though that's what we'll be doing again this time out (that would be one of those "in deference to the wife" things).
At 9:00 things loosen up; the only thing I'm potentially looking at is The Event, but I do run into another problem there, namely, do I feel like going another fall watching an NBC show on Monday nights that I find intriguing but which is isn't going to attract a sizable audience and is going to get canceled by Christmas. To be fair, I have absolutely no evidence that will take place (and the network does hold a special place in my heart which causes me to root for them); I just don't particularly like the network's recent Monday night track record, although their problems tend to be more significant at 10:00.
Speaking of 10:00, there's Castle which is currently on my list and Hawaii 5-O which I'm very much on the fence about. You see, I have a completely inexplicable issue with Alex O'Loughlin. I think that it relates to the fact that this is his third year out of the last four in a new CBS show and I very much feel as though CBS is shoving him down our collective throats, forcing us to accept him. It's something I bridle at, almost enough to make me not want to tune in. Fighting against that is my liking for the rest of the cast and nonsensical desire to live in Hawaii (I think that has to do with me wanting to go where the weather suits my clothes).